Looking for something fun (and free) to do this summer with your family or friends? Summer is the best time of year for frugal, budget-friendly activities!  There are tons of fun things that can be done for free during the summer months.

Check out these 40 ideas!

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Did I miss something? Let me know what your favorite free summer activity is in the comments below!

Outdoor Activities

  1. Go for walk.
  2. Swim at your community pool.
  3. Hit up a hiking trail.
  4. Go to the park.
  5. Get some exercise with a bike ride.
  6. Be a tourist in your own city and check out local landmarks.
  7. Have a barbecue.
  8. Host a bonfire.
  9. Get some sun at the beach.
  10. Bring your pooch to the dog park.
  11. Have a dog play date with your dog and your friends’ dogs.
  12. Enjoy a picnic.
  13. Attend a festival or parade.
  14. Play outdoor games like corn hole.
  15. Check a community calendar for free events.
  16. Take a day trip to a new place.
  17. Go on a scavenger hunt.
  18. Watch fireworks shows.
  19. Stargaze.
  20. Check out a botanical garden.
  21. Explore a nature center.
  22. Go to a farmer’s market
  23. Visit a county fair.

Indoor Activities for Humid or Rainy Days

  1. Have a board game night.
  2. Visit the library.
  3. Go to a free zoo.
  4. Learn a new skill.
  5. Have a photo shoot.
  6. Try a photography challenge.
  7. Join a meetup group.
  8. Host a clothes swap.
  9. Mall walk.
  10. Visit a free museum.
  11. Attend a free workout class.
  12. Watch a movie on Netflix.
  13. Read a book.
  14. Listen to a podcast.
  15. Volunteer.
  16. Learn a new recipe.
  17. Start a blog.

What’s your favorite free thing to do during the summer?